ICANDI4U's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ICANDI4U ICANDI4U's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Happy Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406988 Just another update. I feel like I'm on the mend. I still have a nurse visiting. I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday. They will run a culture to see if the bug I caught is gone. I won't know till Friday. Trying to take it easy and be patient, but it is so hard. I'm not liking how my face and body look with these steroids I have to take daily. I'm hoping the ween me off soon. <BR> <BR> I bought a new cell phone and tried to add this app to my phone and they want to charge me to d... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 05:13:46 EST Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401242 I'm here at the hospital running test still to see if this bug is gone. They also want ti know how much damage it has caused me. I'm hoping to hear some good news today, but if not....next week this time. I feel a lot better, but not enough to hit the gym or eat what I need. I think I'm in starvation mode which sucks! I'm hoping to get back on track one day at a time. Health comes first. If this fatigue would stay away....things would run a lot more smoother. When I get short bursts if... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:55:36 EST Hospital Visits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381282 Hi friends <BR> As some of you know I have have a rough time on and off being sick. The doctors treated the symptoms that I came into the hospital complaining about. Nobody looked at the big picture and put the pieces together till now. All my nasty issues was coming from one bug! Can you believe it. I knew there was a route cause for everything. <BR> <BR> Now that its found I'm on day 3 of treatment and continue at home with a nurse for 11 days. Great news for me. I can now go home... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:13:41 EST My Update.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339497 Sorry for not being around my friends. After my brother's wedding I caught a cold. I can't seem to shake it two weeks later. Every time I feel a bit better and want to enjoy life...it sets me back. I start feeling sick, fatigued, coughing increases and appetite goes. <BR> <BR> I think it is the cold virus that has been going around in the winter. I'm getting rest, plenty of fluids, fruits and vitamins. I hope it goes soon because I can't do anything! <BR> <BR> Last week I sprang my ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:00:06 EST Weight And Measurement Day!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299509 It really isn't the right day, but I have not checked my numbers for quite a while now. Keep in mind the weekend just finished. I had chinese food last night. I love it, but the sodium is just crazy. Retaining water is my specialty so my current weight is reflecting this. I will need to record my weight again later on in the week. I will try on Thursday. That is the day I like to do it. <BR> Well here goes: <BR> <BR> SCALE <em>193</em> <BR> . <BR> . <BR> Weight 206.4 lbs up from 202... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:53:03 EST Just Over Two Weeks Before My Brother's Wedding!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295404 I'm cutting it close. I just found a dress today. I love the dress. The designer's name is Bianca Nygard. It is exactly the look I'm going for. <BR> <BR> The large is all they had left. It's ok for now, because if falls nicely due to the cut. What a load off my back! I got such a great deal on the dress. If I lose too much between now and the wedding week.... I will have to have it take in. <BR> <BR> Since I got such a great deal, I bought a second dress. It's my goal dress a si... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:33:16 EST Birthday Parties and Bachelor Party!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292888 I celebrated two girlfriends birthday's on Saturday night! We had so much fun. A little too much fun. I only had 3 hrs sleep before heading to Buffalo, N.Y. for my brothers bachelor party. My eating and drinking were way off. The menu choices were not great. I went as far a avoiding eating. I'm not sure which was worse. My stomach shrunk and I'm struggling to get my food in once again. <BR> <BR> I'm behind in my weight and measurements. I hope to get that out of the way by the weeke... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:59:14 EST Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279509 I made 2 meals I want to share with you. The chick pea chili is for me and the Veal Patties in mushroom gravy is for my bf. We are both on our journey towards better health. I need to lose and he needs to gain. I made it this week. They were both delicious. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1660494102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1134309295.jpg"> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:43:37 EST Fooled Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279479 I felt so much better this morning. I caught up on my e-mails and hit the pharmacy for some more cold medication etc. Stopped at a grocery store and walked back with back, shoulders and hands full. I'm so tired right now and I still have to clean up before the girls get here tomorrow. My bf said he would not bring the girls if I was not up to it. Now he is telling me he will be bringing them anyways because they miss me and want to see me. If anything they won't stay, but I feel bad. I... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:18:29 EST Starting to feel beter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278158 I think I'm on the mend, but I know my boo will say I should not go to the gym tomorrow. I will see how I feel. If I do it will be a very light workout. <BR> Thanks for the well wishes...they are working. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:09:33 EST Still Suffering From This Cold.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276672 I still have this chest cold. It won't let up! I was hoping to do at least yoga today. Energy is very low. I doubt I will be better by the weekend. It seems to be getting worse. I'm forcing my 1200-1500 calories each day. It is such a chore. I want my metabolism to continue burning high. Sorry I'm not able to get around and check up on everyone, but I will be back soon God willing. <BR> <BR> Keep at it, don't give up! I know you can do it!!! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>252</em... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:43:17 EST Adjusting my Fitness This Week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274633 I'm not feeling good at all. Why can't I sit still and relax? Yesterday since I could not go to the gym. I spent about 15hrs cleaning <em>377</em> and some cooking. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to go to the gym today, but I could not get out of bed. Now I'm back in the kitchen just about to have my breakfast...steal cut oats that I made last night. I made a big batch this time. I'm 3-4 meals behind, but I'm not hungry. I will force myself to eat today!!! <BR> <BR> Supper was prepped from l... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:54:03 EST Weight and Measurement Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270005 Let's start with the reading on the scale today. <BR> <BR> Weight <BR> 203.6lbs.....down to 202.1 lbs <em>104</em> ...lost 1.5 lbs <BR> <BR> Fat <BR> 49.9%........down to 46.1% <em>224</em> ....lost 3.8% <BR> <BR> Water <BR> 36.5%........down to 34.7% <em>334</em> ...lost 1.8% <BR> <BR> Bone <BR> 5.0%..........down to 2.4% *I still don't understand this number*...lost 2.6% <BR> <BR> BMI <BR> 29.4%........down to 29.2% <em>345</em> .....lost 0.2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's start from t... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:48:54 EST Fell asleep in the tub!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268913 The epsom salt bath last night was really needed. It helped a little too much though because I fell asleep twice. I'm glad it was only half filled. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I decided today would be my rest day. We have an early morning tomorrow and I have to wear high heeled boots. That will be a workout in itself after the that workout yesterday. <BR> <BR> It's my cousin's 35th birthday. She wants to go to Pickle Barrel for dinner. I'm going to check out the menu ahead of time to ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:54:51 EST Intense Workout Today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267895 Since I fell behind in my Squat Challenge due to having the kids over this weekend, my numbers were really high! 890 to be exact! If I wanted to finish along with those I started with I had to just buckle down and knock them out. I'm so happy I got it done. I can't believe how strong I am now. My endurance is very high...and I love my drive and determination. <BR> <BR> I not only completed my squats in the morning...I hit the gym and did a spinning class. What was I thinking??? I push... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:27:19 EST Exploding Eggs!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264036 Not a great start to my Monday morning. My bf put 2 <em>490</em> on the stove this morning. I have those microwave cups for <em>490</em> , but I never did tell him about it. Anyways, he likes to have a couple of egg whites with his Vector cereal most mornings. Why was this morning any different? I just don't know. <BR> <BR> He left the stove and got caught up in a conversation with me...next thing we hear was BOOOOOM! <em>40</em> We both looked at each other wondering what that so... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:21:40 EST What a weekend! The kids tired me out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262521 I love kids. My bf's kids are great, but keeping up with their energy is a chore. They go to bed late wake up early, and they want to do is play with me. Poor guy. <BR> <BR> They are now gone with smiles on their faces and new hair dos. My hair was done as well a few times. I had to check if I had any hair left on my head. LOL <BR> <BR> During play my pedometer fell off, so I really don't know how many calories I burned today. I will have to take an educated guess. <BR> <BR> I kno... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:10:44 EST 1500 more calories burned then I thought. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261616 It's been a week now that I have been wearing my pedometer. I think I'll be on the right track now. Looking for more weight loss along with inches. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:54:44 EST Weight and Measurement Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260135 As promised...here is my progress this week. I expected a higher weight loss, but I'm happy there is a loss. There are more pluses this week that make up for my disappointment. I'm sleeping longer and better. I have more energy to push myself harder than ever at the gym. With both these changes I expect higher numbers in the future. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Let's start off with the results from my new scale: <BR> <BR> 203.6 lbs <BR> 49.9% fat <BR> 36.5% water <BR> 5.0% Bone <BR> 29... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:17:47 EST Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259300 I was suppose to do my weight and measurements today, but I had a doctor's appointment. I will do it tomorrow for sure! Promise!! <BR> <BR> Gym was great today. I took a 1hr spinning class. She went had on us. I did great up until the last 8 min. I'm not upset with myself that I could not complete the jumps. I rode it out until the end of class without taking down the tension. Half way through the class I already burned over 600 calories...so you know I went hard. <BR> <BR> After t... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:44:41 EST I Forgot How Much I Love Circuit Training!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256945 Tuesday's I usually do a spinning class and abs. I was late. It all worked out in the end. I almost burned just as many calories today as I do in one 1hr class. It felt so good to change things up. I think I will add it to at least 2 workouts a week. <BR> <BR> I worked on legs today. Between the weight machines and my 200 squats...boy does my legs feel like rubber. I was still able to get home and make a healthy meal. Couscous, steamed veggies, and roasted chicken legs. I left the ski... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:39:04 EST Happy Family Day! Mine was Happy. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255518 I hope all those who had the day off...really enjoyed it and made the best of their time. Yesterday, I spent the day with my family. It was my nieces 14th birthday. I wore my pedometer and burned a lot of calories playing with all the kids. My energy level is up and I'm so happy about that! <BR> <BR> Today, my bf's kids were spending the day. I wore my pedometer and so far I complete over 8,500 steps! <em>104</em> <BR> I planned to go to the gym with my brother, but seemed to have a... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:35:41 EST Valentine's Day and I'm Beat!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250689 I worked out hard at the gym yesterday. I worked on my back and chest before my spinning class. I was only able to do 20 squats after all of that. I think I will try and do my squat challenge in the morning's or afternoon's. It's too difficult to add it to my workouts. <BR> <BR> After the gym I hit the grocery store for some fresh Salmon and Quinoa. I also bought some beef ribs for my boyfriend as a treat. I already took out chicken to make for supper so that had to be cooked first. I... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:46:30 EST Some progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249019 I made a few changes yesterday, and I think things are starting to look up for me. <BR> <BR> Weight 204.0....down 2lbs <BR> Bone 5.2....down 0.4 *I thought this would always stay the same! <BR> Water 38.4....down 6.4 <BR> BMI 29.5....down 0.3 <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report these changes! I will not be going on the scale or doing my measurements again till next week. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to doing some more body sculpting with weights, cardio, and my continued squat challenge t... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:48:23 EST Weight and Measurement - Progress or Not??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247919 Today my weight is 205.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Body fat is 44.8% which is up by 1.5 <em>198</em> <BR> Water 40.2 which is up by 0.3....this is high! <BR> Bone 5.6 - the same <BR> BMI 29.8 which went down by .1% <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Neck.................13.9in ......down 0.1 inches <BR> Bi's (L).............13.0in ......up by 0.1 inches <BR> Wrist (L)............6.8in .......up by 0.1 inches <BR> Chest.................40.8in ......down 0.4 inches <em>224</em> <BR> Waist............. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:01:04 EST Monday Did Not Go As Planned.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238058 I got some well needed rest. So the day started off ok. I was able to get 4 meals in today which was GREAT! List of to do's were almost completed except the last two. Paperwork, and the GYM! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Tae Bo Monday's are great. I missed the class and the gym all together. Thank goodness I have the squat challenge going on so I don't feel so bad. <BR> <BR> I'm very surprised at my progress thus far. This is only my second day in the challenge and I caught up to everyo... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:58:57 EST February 2013 Squat Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236159 My cousin posted a challenge to her friends and family to do the Squat Challenge. I decided to join in. <em>224</em> <BR> I started today and completed day 1 and 2 so far. I will do today's after dinner. <BR> <BR> I added the challenge to my page. Let me know if you are already doing it, or are willing to add it to your workouts! <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> Take a before pic and see if there is a difference. <BR> I will use my recent pics posted. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Let's do it... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:04:16 EST It's not so bad after all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234617 I saved 350 calories a day to save for my anniversary dinner and drink. <BR> <BR> I saved 2450 calories for the week. <BR> I ate 2390 calories last night. <BR> <BR> I have 60 calories to spare!! <BR> <BR> Happy Girl :) <BR> <BR> I have only 77 calories to burn today. I will do abs and stide jumps using my monitor. :) <BR> <BR> I will get more weight training in next week. Cardio alone is not enough. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:05:09 EST As Promised....Weight Broken Down and Measurements For Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233309 I used my new scale today. Here are my results. <BR> <BR> I'm 5'9.5" Female, Age <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Today my weight is 206.4 <BR> Body Fat is 43.3% <em>40</em> <BR> Water 39.9% <BR> Bone 5.6 lbs <BR> BMI 29.9% <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> <BR> Neck.............14in <BR> Bi's (L)..........12.9in <BR> Wrist (L).........6.7in <BR> Chest............41.2in <BR> Waist............42in <BR> Hip................45.8in <BR> Leg (L)...........28.3in <BR> Ankle (L).........9.4in <BR>... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:47:07 EST Accurate Weight and Measurements This Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232579 I have been able to keep up my energy a lot better, but I'm still having a hard time sleeping at night. No matter what I do at the gym or medication I take it's still the same. I think this is affecting my weight loss as well. <BR> <BR> I was blessed to find the scale I have been looking for. It just appeared where I didn't expect it and at the perfect price $25!! I grabbed it up right away. There was no way I was leaving it behind...even though I road my scooter. When there is a wil... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 03:08:22 EST Changing My Diet One Item At a Time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231137 I have been having fun trying new things and recipes. Last month I tried Kale and I love it. I made kale chips to start. I love them. Made them for a family luncheon. They needed to be re-toasted, but were a hit. <BR> <BR> I have incorporated, lentils, black beans, bok choy, almond milk, almond butter, brown rice (various), organic fruits and veggies, brown flour, steelcut oats, greek yogurt, seasoned olive oils...the list goes on. <BR> <BR> Today I introduced a new item to my list. ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:07:15 EST 2lbs Lost Today and I Posted Before Pics!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223355 I seem to be doing the right thing, and I'm going in the right direction. I wish I had time today to measure myself. I should have done it yesterday when I took and posted my before pics. <BR> <BR> Over all I never hated my body, I just want to improve it from the inside out. <BR> The better I take care of the inside with the right food and exercise...it will show on the outside. I want to have more energy everyday. I want to fit in my old clothes...not have to buy new ones. I refuse!... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:41:22 EST Disappointed...but still moving on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220589 I went on the scale yesterday to find I gained 6 lbs. I know I have been well in my range. I take in the minimum amount of calories (1450 - 1800) at least 5 days a week. I treat myself one or two days on the weekend, but remaining in my range food wise. Sometimes I have a few drinks if I'm out celebrating. I don't usually remember to log my alcohol. I have extra calories to cover it so I never think it's a big deal. <BR> <BR> I believe the weight gain has to be water and muscle gain. ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:59:35 EST Back on Track!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201170 Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. I'm now over my sickness, and I'm back in the gym. I was suppose to take it easy today. For some reason, I'm never able too. It feels too good when I'm working out that I can't seem to stop myself. <BR> <BR> I went on the spinning bike for a 5 min warm up, and then stretched. <BR> <BR> Weight training for about 35-45 min. I didn't keep track of the exact time. <BR> I decided not to rest between sets, but to work on another muscle group right... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:05:57 EST Holiday's and Logging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181398 The holidays were a blur when it came to food. At first I was picking here and there. I had 2 wonderful Christmas meals (no desserts). By Boxing Day (December 26th) I found myself sick. I had no appetite! I forced myself to eat. So, I will not be filling out my food or activity. I'm on the mend, and hope to hit the gym for a light workout before the New Year! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>48</em> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> All the b... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:16:47 EST Thursday Measurement Day! This is only the beginning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172189 Well here I am! I took my measurements like I said I would. I do not like the number's. It's only the beginning so I will suck it up. It won't be going up. Only down from this day forward. Here it is: <BR> <BR> Neck - 13.8" <BR> Chest - 40.8" <BR> Waist - 36.5" <BR> Hips - 45.5" <BR> Bicep *L 13.1" <BR> Triceps L 10.8 (near elbow) <BR> Wrist 6.5" <BR> Thigh L 28.2" <BR> Calf 15.9" <BR> Ankle 9.1" <BR> <BR> <BR> Note: I was... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:58:59 EST The Dreaded Measuring Tape! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170480 I think it's time for me to face the truth. The measuring tape does not lie. <BR> I use to measure myself once a week. That seems so long ago now. It's time to blow the dust off of it and put it to use again. <BR> <BR> The first set of number's are always the worst. As you continue to meet your goals daily, it's fun to see the numbers go down. That part I'm looking forward too. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I will start Thursday. That's the day I started before. It will be easier for... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:04:29 EST 2013 is Right Around The Corner.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169705 I realized Monday afternoon, that 2013 is in two weeks!!!! Christmas shopping is done. So I'm glad that is out of the way. Parties are on the low end, which is a good thing. Less things to tempt me. :) <BR> <BR> I bought a dress to wear for New Year's Eve. It's a size 8, and it's ohhh soo cute. <BR> It fits me very snug. For my short term goal I would like that dress not to be snug. So I really have to work my butt off every day and eat right to make this happen. I know I can do ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:51:48 EST How to Burn Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134423 Munch on one of these before you hit the gym! <BR> <BR> Raw Coconut Water <BR> Tend to, uh, glow a lot at the gym? Sip on some coco water before your workout. It has carbs and potassium to keep you fueled and hydrated. <BR> <BR> Low-Fat Cheese on Wheat Toast and an Orange <BR> The cheese gives you protein and calcium, which helps keep your muscles and bones healthy, while the whole wheat toast is a complex carb, which helps fuel your workout. What's up with the orange? Foods that contain... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:40:38 EST 8 Ways to Stay Motivated at The Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134418 A Whole Wheat Pita, PB, and a Banana <BR> <BR> This snack is a winner because it gives you a healthy balance of protein (from the peanut butter) and carbs (from the banana and pita)-leaving you with a shot of energy when you need it most. The protein from the pb also makes sure your energy level stays high throughout your workout. <BR> <BR> Low-Fat Chocolate Milk <BR> <BR> Yeah, it sounds weird, but research has shown that chocolate milk has the right mix of carbs, potassium, and protei... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:38:33 EST Still On Board... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029528 I'm realizing as the day passes, that I am not well. I hope it is a cold and not the flu. Maybe I have been over doing my bike rides. They are getting longer and more intense. I have been trying hard to get more sleep, and eating right. It is so hard to get back to eating so much food!! That alone is an accomplishment for me. <BR> <BR> I now have a boyfriend who is a great partner in my lifestyle change. He also is changing his lifestyle. He would like to gain weight, muscle and impr... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:53:08 EST 10 everyday superfoods—put them on your menu? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3555764 Superfoods for $1 or Less <BR> <BR> 1. Berries: All berries are great sources of fiber—a nutrient that most Americans don’t get enough of and one that is important for a healthy digestive system. Fiber may help to promote weight loss. Raspberries boast the most at 8 grams per cup—and also contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties. The same amount of blueberries has half the fiber (4 grams), but is packed with anthocyanins, antioxidants that may help keep memory sharp as yo... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 01:52:48 EST Any Way..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3344413 "People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.Forgive them anyway. <BR> If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.Be kind anyway. <BR> If you succeed, you will win some false friends and true enemies.Succeed anyway. <BR> If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.Be honest anyway. <BR> What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.Build anyway. <BR> ...If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous.Be happy anyway... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:51:07 EST Pumpkins: not just for pie anymore! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3155287 Pumpkins aren't just for carving thanks to their new-found superfood status (see below). Plus they're amazingly versatile: Pureed, mashed, or cubed, pumpkins' mildly sweet taste can go even sweeter or savory, depending on how you spice it. <BR> <BR> At restaurants, look for pumpkin soups, bread, muffins, pumpkin-flavored pasta dishes (think gnocchi or ravioli), and decadent desserts, from cheesecake to gelato. <BR> <BR> At home, keep a few cans of pumpkin puree on hand and stir a big spoo... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 10:15:29 EST I see the light!! Weight/Measurement Day!! July 23, 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2254311 I'm so happy to say that the scale moved this morning. WOOOOOT <BR> <BR> Finally after weeks!! I realized that it was not only the amount & intensity of my workouts that changed. (I had to make the change due to the hair line fracture in my right calf). There were some other changes as well that seemed to assist in preventing more weight loss. <BR> <BR> I have been under more stress as of late, and my insomnia kicked back in. Lack of sleep helped hinder. I was not drinking as much wa... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 20:22:48 EST Lost focus for a min. & dealing w/hairline fracture! Weight/Measurement Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2233564 Not a great week in my opinion. Lots of obstacles to deal with. For one I thought the hairline fracture in the chin area was almost/completely healed. I have not felt anything for a while now. Yesterday I realized that I was wrong. During my Tae Bo class I felt discomfort after 20min. I cooled down for 10 min and left the class. Funny thing was the bruise that normally forms was a bit higher than the original ones. Mind you it is gone. Maybe I should not say bruise, but redness due t... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 10:28:56 EST Not a good week / Weight & Measurement Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2214981 I'm expecting a better week next week. This week was not a good one all around. <BR> <BR> I found out from the sports injury doctor on Monday that I don't have a shin splint, but a hair line fracture. I've been nursing my leg as if I had a shin splint which did nothing. Then the doctor told me that I need to wear a boot for 6-8 weeks. I focused on the lower number and said "SIX WEEKS???" He said yes, because you are inscruciating pain. I replied..no I'm not! He said when I put press... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:05:06 EST July 2, 2009 Weight/Measurement Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2197618 Happy belated Canada Day!! I can't believe Canada is now 142 yrs old now. <BR> Celebrated it by going for an early morning bike ride uptown from downtown. <BR> Destination Mandarin (all you can eat chinese food restaurant) for a free Canada day lunch. <BR> <BR> There wasn't as much healthy food options I guess due to costs. The ones that were there I had my fill with. I noticed that the food was either high in sodium or not as flavourful. I tried to limit the high sodium items to avoid... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:16:11 EST Thursday Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2180781 This morning nothing was going right for me. I was tired, clumsy, and could not think straight. I was not myself at all and considered just staying home and doing nothing but rest. When I looked in the mirror...my left side of my face was puffy. My eye and my lip were the worst. I think I ate something I'm allergic too. Not sure what it was. This has never happened before. <BR> <BR> The stubborn part of me kicked in and said YOU CAN DO IT! I ate a filling breakfast (3 egg whites & 1 ... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 15:50:40 EST Small Blessings - Weight/Measurement Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2161206 Well due to a cold last week and I pulled muscle on Monday, I was not expecting big numbers. I was ok if the scale/measuring tape did not move. I would not be happy about it, but would accept it. My schedule was thrown off big time, but in the end I am still blessed. <BR> <BR> My cold lasts a couple days when it usually lingers for weeks!! My injury held me back somewhat, but not totally. I was able to exercise in a different way. I won't lie..the temptation is there to just jump back ... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 09:54:37 EST